Remaining one of the top light heavyweights in the world and dropping a razor close split-decision loss to champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 192, Alexander Gustafsson returns at UFC Fight Night 93.
But in the darkest of days in his division, Gustafsson knows plenty on his former foe and former champion Jon Jones. Believing that Jones still has much more to prove after his several failed drug tests that have taken light over the past two weeks.
Gustafsson met with FloCombat to discuss the scenario on the Jon Jones saga and what it means for the future of one of the greatest talents in the sport of MMA.
While much of fans and fighters of MMA believe Jones may be the greatest of all time at the young age of 29, Gustafsson is not one to fall in the same category to follow the rest.
“I think he is one of the best fighters in the world, but ‘Greatest Of All Time?’, no not for me,” Gustafsson stated. “There have been, and still are, so many good fighters and I think Jones still has more to prove, especially now after what has happened.”
While Jones does have to prove his critics wrong, especially after what happened to him in 2015 and now this year, he may not be able to continue with his MMA career for up to two years. The NSAC (Nevada Athletic Commission) handed Jones a temporary suspension earlier this week until a full hearing is set for later in the year.
Gustafsson believes that even if Jones is cited a two year suspension and returns to MMA, he doesn’t think Jones will ever escape for being known as a cheat. “Once you are caught, you can never wash that away,” Gustafsson replied.
Gustafsson ends his eleven month absence as he meets Jan Blachowicz in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 93 in Hamburg Germany. Headlined by veteran heavyweights Andrei Arlovki and Josh Barnett.